MBA in Belgium
Considering Belgium as your study destination?
Despite having a population of just 11.5 million, Belgium has some pretty notable features. The country has three official languages (French, Dutch and German), is world-famous for its beer & chocolate whilst capital city Brussels is also the de facto capital of the European Union. It is also one of the most prosperous nations in Europe, whose respected universities provide a steady stream of talented graduates to work within its primary industries of manufacturing, finance and trade. It has been able to elevate its economy to one of the strongest on the continent partly due to its privileged geographical position, bordering Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands as well as being within touching distance of the United Kingdom.
All of that means that new arrivals in Belgium are coming to a popular destination where international students make up 10% of the total student population. The linguistic differences in the country are such that English has become the lingua franca in parts of society and particularly in higher education, with a wide variety of courses now available in English – no doubt a big attraction to potential international students. And with the European Parliament housed here, graduates will have access to some fantastic internship, work experience and networking opportunities.
- Belgium, known as The Beer Country, exports the majority of beer that it produces (60%)
- The country accounts for 11% of the total global chocolate exports
- Due to the linguistic differences in the squad, the Belgian national football team communicate with each other not in French, nor Dutch, nor German, but English.
- The University of Leuven, founded in 1425, has the honor of being the oldest Catholic university in the world
- The population of Brussels is the second most diverse in the world, with 62% foreign-born residents
Graduate Schools in Belgium
Top MBA Programs in Belgium
5 things you need to know
What do I need to know if I want to study an MBA in Belgium?
Living and studying in Belgium
Tuition fees are very reasonable in Belgium. In terms of master’s programs, yearly tuition fees rarely exceed €5,000 per year for non-EU students, and students from within the EU will pay substantially less. MBA programs can vary hugely in price, but the top business schools in Belgium are likely to charge around €40,000 in tuition. Accommodation costs are largely in line with Belgium’s European neighbors, so expect to pay in the region of €600 per month.
Do I need to get a visa to study in Belgium?
How reputable are universities in Belgium?
Belgium houses many universities in the world’s top 200 considering its small size. KU Leuven is listed within the top 100 in the world across several rankings, whilst other notable names include Vlerick Business School, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp.
What is the job market like for graduates here?
Are there a lot of international students in Belgium?
International student numbers make up around 10% of the total student population, which is one of the higher figures in Europe and marginally lower than the likes of France (12.8%), Netherlands (12%) and Sweden (10.8%).